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Posted in: Nothing can stop Tokyo Olympics from going ahead: IOC's Coates See in context

I wish the reporters would hold his feet to the fire more. If they are vaccinating the athletes going to the games, what about all the people who will work there (janitors, translators, chefs, etc.) ? Will they also have early access to vaccines? If new variants emerge that are more contagious, such as the British mutation and possibly the new Indian one too, what will the response be? What will the infection numbers have to be in Japan for the IOC to consider postponement? If the Olympics do become a super spreader event, who will claim responsibility for it? Will the IOC cover any of the costs for the hospitalization and treatment of people who get sick because of the Olympics? Will they paid for again by taxpayers?

I mean, if reporters would start taking this more seriously and grill this guy, it would be more apparent that this whole situation is not well-thought-out and a facade for greed.

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Posted in: Gov't to decide on extension of state of emergency on Friday See in context

They're very good at extending these half-assed SoE, and much worse at the vaccine roll outs. I'm so tired of this. When will they make the 10,000 a day vaccine centers they promised? Have they even started building them? When will Moderna and the other vaccines be approved? When will they ramp up production of the longer needles that they need so they don't waste vaccines in each vial? After the elderly are vaccinated, who is next? Will people who come into contact with large amounts of people everyday (like train conductors, teachers, supermarket workers, etc) be given priority?

I wish they would focus on the vaccines rather than these stupid measures. Everyone knows these new variants are no joke, and the only way out of these endless cycles of SoE extensions and stops and starts are the vaccines. Japanese government- focus and hurry up!!!

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Posted in: How to live like you're earning ¥10 million a year on an income of ¥3 million See in context

Or, you know, rich CEOs could stop hoarding their money and raise wages for their workers. Then there would be lot less stress about paying for bills.

Of course not comparing yourself to others often is important, but being able to pay bills on time is also important. A family paying 30,000 on rent!? Where? Not in most cities. And if your job is in a city, then commuting more than 2 hours a day from a cheap apartment in the countryside is also not good for your health and happiness. So then let's say you live in the city or close by, and your rent is higher. Now you have less money for other stuff. How happy will you feel if your kid wants to join the baseball team, and you tell him no because you can't afford it? How happy will you be if you can't afford juku?

CEOs just need to be less greedy and share the wealth and profits. There was a CEO in the states who raised all his worker's salaries to 70,000$ a year, and the employees were happier, profits remained high, the company grew and opened a second branch, etc.

People have real problems associated with lack of money and the stress caused by that, and no "positive thinking" is going to change that.

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Posted in: Up to 300 people per day breaking self-quarantine pledge in Japan See in context

They should make it more like they do in Australia. Over there, people coming from a road have to stay for 2 weeks in a designated hotel and pay for it themselves. It's a lot easier to monitor and control then.

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Posted in: New York start-up aims to leave a mark with ephemeral tattoos See in context

I think this is a really cool invention! I've never gotten a tattoo because I always change my mind about what I would get, and worry about how it would look as I age. But this would be a fun way to try out a design before committing to something. I hope they develop more colors soon.

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Posted in: Next Meat plant-based beef bowls and yakiniku go on sale in Japan See in context

It would be so much more appealing if they fried up the onion and ginger with some black beans or lentils instead of the fake meat. Cheaper too!

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Posted in: Japan to introduce 'vaccine passports' for international travel See in context

Again, nowhere in the article does it say that paper proof of vaccines won't be recognized. I'm certain they will be, considering children, the visually impaired, etc that everyone mentioned and made good points about.

But, it's just a QR code for speed and efficiency, to make things standard. For example, if you travel to Japan right now you need a specific MoFA form to prove you've been tested within 72 hours of your flight, and not 3 minutes too over that. Not to mention it needs to be signed by the doctor, not a nurse or processing staff, and it has to say "negative" and not "undetected" or something else. If most countries are strict about this kind of paperwork, and each country comes up with it's own rules and regulations about the vaccines (which are approved, when, etc.) then an app is a really easy convenient way to store all that info.

Not to mention being able to press a button and have the info translated in the language of your choice.

None of the other articles I've read have said anything about denying people with physical paperwork. They're just trying to introduce a faster easier system.

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Posted in: Japan to introduce 'vaccine passports' for international travel See in context

Wow, I feel like some of you are missing the point. 99% of the population has smartphones. So, for those people who have them, having a proof of vaccine QR code to scan at the airport will speed up processing of entries and exits. Just like a QR code plane ticket does for checking into your flights or going to a website. It's just a system for speed and efficiency, so you don't have these 3-5 hour waits at the airports anymore. Not to mention people getting rejected for having the incorrect paperwork.

Nowhere in the article does it say paper versions of vaccination proof will be denied. So if you prefer carrying loads of paper and waiting in long lines while staff and you shuffle through it after a long flight, I'm sure that will still be an option. Not to mention if you're travelling internationally, the language barriers if there is a problem with the paperwork.

And if you don't or can't get the vaccine, I'm sure you will be subjected to the usual quarantine and testing procedures.

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Posted in: Young widow arrested for killing Japanese 'Don Juan' in 2018 See in context

Wow, that is one rollercoaster of a story and life! They should totally make a movie out of it.

Imo, he sounds like a pretty awful person who married an even more terrible person. But it's a fascinating story, and I would like to watch it and feel better about my own life and decisions lol. Just goes to show you money and young beautiful women aren't everything.

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Posted in: Asthma drug budesonide speeds recovery for at-home COVID-19 patients See in context

@wtfjapan?

Feel better! At least your manager told you about it. A teacher I know, in her office one of the other teachers tested positive and neither the administration or her manager said anything about it. She found out just through chatting with other teachers. They also won't let her teach from home while she's waiting for results or are recommending her to get tested. So ridiculous.

Anyways, it's great that they're making progress and developments in medical research. I'm so thankful for the researchers and development teams right now. I cant imagine the pressure they're under.

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Posted in: Japan to procure enough COVID vaccines for all eligible by end of September See in context

This is incredibly frustrating because as many people have pointed out, procuring the vaccines and getting them into people are 2 different things.

The lack of leadership and lack of sense of emergency is what is really fueling the problem now. For example, if they wanted to, they could train people in the medical field (such as school nurses, care workers for the elderly, last year of medical school students, etc.) on how to give and monitor the vaccines. This would speed it up immensely. They could also allow for more temporary immigration from Filipino nurses or Vietnamese nurses. They could dispatch people to nursing homes more often. They can make a back up list of people who could get the vaccine for that day, and use them on the backup list people if the originally scheduled people don't come.

There are so many ways to make this vaccine roll out more effective, but there doesn't seem to be any sense of urgency with the government. The only thing keeping the coronavirus under control in Japan is the people, and not anything from the government. The ridiculous stay at home measures are fine but the main problem is the workplaces and schools. The government refuses to say anything about that, so these waves are just neverending.

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Posted in: Japan’s first vegan fruit sandwich shop serves up delicious mango treats See in context

I clicked the link to check the prices out of curiosity. 7,000¥ for a set of 4 sandwiches!

Too rich for my blood, that's for sure.

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Posted in: Japan urged to outlaw LGBT+ discrimination before Olympics See in context

I strongly favor anti-discrimination laws in the workplace, after all, what we get up to in our private lives is largely irrelevant in the workplace.

However, given Japan's dire demographics, it is not in the national interest to encourage anything other than normal heterosexual marriage.

Gay people generally will not enter into a heterosexual marriage willingly, so if Japan allows marriage equality it will have various positive effects on national interest:

Gay married couples will remain in Japan and contribute to Japanese society in terms of taxes and the work force. If they are not allowed to marry, then most will simply leave the country and get married, settle, and live in countries where it is legal. This is detrimental to the Japanese workforce.

Married people are happier than single people, and single LGBTQ people have a higher suicide rate than single straight people. So, you would also reduce the suicide rate, which is of national interest, as well as companies as it is very complicated for companies when an employee commits suicide.

Governments invest a lot of money into educating their citizens. This investment is returned when their citizens become adults and pay taxes and contribute to Japanese society. If they leave for other countries, commit suicide, or in other ways do not stay in Japan/contribute to Japan, this also affects Japanese society.

Weddings are quite expensive, and that is money on food, hotels, dresses, decorations, photographers, etc. that could be spent and used to stimulate the economy.

Of course, gay married couples cannot naturally produce children, but through adoption and IVF it is possible for them to create families. These also help Japanese society as adopting takes the burden of supporting orphans from the tax payer onto one family, and IVF is quite expensive and again will stimulate the hospitals, doctors, nurses, drug companies, etc. involved with the process.

So, as you can see "what we get up to in our personal lives" is not irrelevant to national interest or the workplace.

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Posted in: Japan urged to outlaw LGBT+ discrimination before Olympics See in context

"Name one thing that I can do that an LGBT person can't."

Marriage, adoption, blood donation, spousal visas, transgender people are sterilized before transition, no protection against housing or employment discrimination, the list goes on. Do a little research, and you will find numerous ways.

Anyways, I hope Japan updates and improves it's understanding of, treatment, and laws regarding the LGBTQ community.

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Posted in: Quasi-emergency COVID-19 measures begin in Osaka, Hyogo, Miyagi prefectures See in context

Anyone else feel like they're not declaring an official SoE because they don't want to mess with MEXT and the schools reopening?

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Posted in: Japan to get first batches of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine from U.S. See in context

I really hope they can start producing the vaccines domestically ASAP. That will remove all the import/export headaches, and they can have more direct quality control measures.

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Posted in: Gov't designates Osaka, Hyogo, Miyagi prefectures for stronger anti-virus measures See in context

I'd really love to see some work place measures such as no face-to-face meetings of over 6 people, work from home twice a week, staggered hours, etc.

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Posted in: Japan has granted 93 foreigners permission to bring their same-sex spouse: survey See in context

It will be interesting to see if the courts will recognize this as a double standard. If they do, then it might be another way to prove that their marriage laws need to be updated. It seems like Kono is recognizing the potential, but Kamikawa is remaining neutral which might be a bad sign. Can't wait to see how it turns out!

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Posted in: Japan to allow pro athletes, coaches in under COVID-19 rules See in context

@theResident

I live in Japan and my husband's country had closed borders until 11/15 and Japan closed again 12/25. This is not "ample opportunity." This is just over one month. If their goal is to limit the coronavirus, they can do that by screening who they believe is important to get into Japan, testing, tracking, requiring quarantines and vaccines, only allowing people from countries with less infection than Japan, etc. There are ways to be careful about coronavirus. No one is advocating to let in every foreigner who wants to come to Japan, and let them wander all over Japan freely without a mask. Married people and families are not the same as tourists, but are being given the same treatment.

Letting in the athletes clearly shows that when there is a will, there is a way.

The Japanese government needs to make exceptions and a way for reuniting families. Especially considering the vaccines are underway, the state of emergency is over, and it wasn't even declared for most of Japan anyways. Why should a family living in Shikoku, where there was no SoE, have to remain separated because of Tokyo?

@zichi

These "special exceptions" are limited to death, birth of a child, or medical emergencies. For example, if my husband had been in Japan before the border closures getting cancer treatments, then left and was not allowed back in, and a Japanese doctor agreed to continue treating him and he could prove he couldn't get that treatment there, then he would be allowed in. But these "special circumstances" are not for reuniting families. They don't care about or want to reunite families, it is not important or a priority to them. If they wanted to add "family members who have been separated more than a year," then they could but they won't. They will add "athletes" instead, and I think it is unfair. This is purely an example of when there is a will, there is a way. And no one is pushing the government to start letting families reunite again, so nothing will change anytime soon.

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Posted in: Japan to allow pro athletes, coaches in under COVID-19 rules See in context

Why are athletes prioritized over reuniting families? This is so unfair.

At least allow separated families to have the same option, we would be glad to have a strict quarantine at a hotel, even paid out of our own pocket, if it meant we could reunite.

Why are sports people considered special priority but regular families not? I know it's because they have more money and influence than us, and it has nothing to do with stopping the coronavirus. This is just an opportunity for racist/nationalist politicians to keep foreigners out of Japan.

It's just heartbreaking to be separated from my husband for over a year. When will this end?

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Posted in: Scientists say IVF means more twins being born now than ever before See in context

In Japan, during IVF, generally they won't implant more than 1 blastocyst at a time. Unless there is an extreme situation, such as the woman is over 45, she has cancer, or some other situation which might make it her last chance/hard for her to have a baby.

Because of this system, it's very unusual for people undergoing IVF to have twins, unless the blastocyst splits by itself, naturally, leading to identical twins.

In other countries, it is usually up to the patient if she wants to try implantation with more than 1 blastocyst, which will lead to more fraternal twins.

So, this increase in twinning has more to do with the medical policies of each country than the effects of IVF on the blastocysts or mothers.

Although, the genetic differences in Africans is very interesting and I'd like to read more research about it.

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Posted in: Japan to allow foreign athletes to enter after lifting state of emergency See in context

I can't believe that the Japanese government is prioritizing athletes coming into the country rather than prioritizing letting families reunite. If they can make exceptions for the athletes, they can make exceptions for other CoE and visa holders. Even quarantine at our own expense for 2 weeks is better than completely closed. At least give us an option.

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Posted in: AI translation company Rozetta bars staff from speaking a foreign language at work See in context

And what about the other benefits of learning a second language, like reduction of dementia, improvement of communication and social skills, etc?

Also, speaking a second language is a skill you choose to develop/not develop, not something you're born with, like race or sex, as their marketing team is suggesting.

I'm not against this software, but seems like their sales team isnt giving the full picture.

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Posted in: WhatsApp adds voice and video calling feature to desktop version See in context

Finally a new way for Facebook to spy on me. /joking/

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Posted in: Japan to begin allowing foreign Olympic athletes' entry next month: Nikkei See in context

This is such bull. Why are they being allowed in while Japan has stopped making new visas to allow families to come together???

How long must I be separated from my husband? It's been over a year.

If they can make exceptions for the athletes, they should make exceptions for reuniting families.

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Posted in: Japan finds new coronavirus variant in travelers from Brazil See in context

"travelers from Brazil" does not necessarily mean Brazilians. These could easily be Japanese citizens who went to Brazil for work, and came back. The article doesn't mention these people's nationalities at all.

Secondly, the coronavirus can be asymptomatic for a long time. So, it's quite possible they felt fine, and developed symptoms on the flight. Remember, Japan doesn't require its' citizens to have a negative PCR test before they board a plane.

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Posted in: Japan to suspend new entry of all nonresident foreign nationals from abroad See in context

@i@n

@NAM

So sorry for your situation. all of us suffer in one way or another because of the pandemic.

Your case at least still has a solution, your fiance can come see you I hope

Thank you, sadly his country was closed until 11/15, and now Japan closed on 12/25. I was going crazy in that time going to 3 prefectures and so many places/offices/banks/clinics to get all the documents, and then sending by DHL to him. We had all the documents ready for submission for humanitarian visa, they are in his country in his home. Now we have to wait for Japan to open again...maybe in February, who knows. I guess I will just continue the IVF stuff by myself. I just wish Japan would be more easy-going with countries that have so few cases-instead of banning everyone. There's no nuance!

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Posted in: Japan to suspend new entry of all nonresident foreign nationals from abroad See in context

This is just so disappointing. When will I see my fiancé again? These blanket bans are too over-reaching. I wish they were more specific to the country people are coming from. And what about exceptions for people who get the vaccine? Nothing about that either. So sad, so frustrated, so disappointed.

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Posted in: Japan to start multilingual coronavirus helpline See in context

Wow, slow down Japan! Don't hurt yourself with all that speed, what was that like 11 months too late? lol This is the funniest thing I've read in a while.

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Posted in: Japanese conveyor belt sushi restaurant chain makes sushi with help of artificial intelligence See in context

Good, another stunt so we can overfish and eat tuna until the oceans are wiped clean of them. God forbid our grandchildren get to taste it.

How about using AI to preserve fish for once? Instead of using it to find another way to get fish in our bellies and separate cash from our wallets?

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